Through the shadows, in the clouds during Cycle to the Sun

FIRST PHOTO: Three competitors pedal up the slope of Haleakala on Saturday during the Cycle to the Sun. The race, which takes riders from sea level at Paia to the summit of the inactive volcano, across 36 miles of road and to an elevation of 10,023 feet, had 186 participants, with Tomoyuki Inui of Japan finishing first in 2 hours, 57 minutes, 59.43 seconds. The women’s winner was Trina Van Dyck of Canada, in 3:37:23.74, and the winning relay team was SMB Ascension – Forest Treadwell of Kihei, Peter Salomon of Haiku and Matt Watson of Kula combined for a time of 3:01:49.74.

SECOND PHOTO: Inui smiles after his victory – “I didn’t think I’d win because it was harder than I thought,” said the 44-year-old, who is making his first trip to Maui. “I didn’t think I’d make it all the way to the top.”

THIRD PHOTO: Ryan Ong, 3, and his family cheer on cyclists Hisayuki Sato (left) and Frederick Friedewald outside Kula Lodge & Restaurant. The Kahului family came to support their friend Larry Baet.

FOURTH PHOTO: Don Goldberg (left) of Makawao and Wing Ho of Honolulu head to the finish line.

FIFTH PHOTO: Kulana Mizutani of Wailuku rides through the clouds.

For results from the race, see Valley Isle Scoreboard.